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Anita Carleton

Acting Director, Software Solutions Division

Anita Carleton has more than 25 years of experience in the software engineering industry providing leadership for the research, development, and transition of methods and technologies that encapsulate best practices for software engineering, management, and measurement.

During her tenure at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University, she has held several technical and senior leadership roles. She is currently the Deputy Director of the Software Solutions Division at the SEI and has operating responsibility for 150 people and approximately $40M. The division is responsible for devising and transitioning solutions to the challenges of developing, acquiring, and sustaining software-reliant systems for the Department of Defense (DoD), the defense industrial base, and commercial industry. The Software Engineering Institute is the only federally funded research and development center specifically established to solve the most significant Department of Defense challenges in software and cybersecurity.

As Director of the SEI Software Engineering Process Management Program, she managed the SEI's software development and measurement initiatives, which included the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI); the Team Software Process (TSP), a software engineering method designed to yield high quality software and high performance teams; and the applications of measurement and analysis techniques. In 2012, she provided technical leadership for the successful spinout of the CMMI product suite to the CMMI Institute, a subsidiary of Carnegie Innovations, Carnegie Mellon University’s technology commercialization enterprise.

Before joining the SEI, Carleton held technical and management positions in industry. At GTE Government Systems in Massachusetts, she designed, developed, and tested software for the Minuteman and Peacekeeper Missile Systems. At the Goodyear Technical and Research Center in Ohio, she was the lead systems modeling and simulation engineer responsible for conducting tire tread studies utilizing experimental design techniques, statistical analysis techniques, and finite element analysis.

Carleton received her degree in Applied Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University. She is currently pursuing an Executive MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She is a recent graduate of the Leadership Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Bosch Executive Leadership Programs. She serves on the IEEE Software Advisory Board and is a Senior Member of the IEEE Computer Society. She has received achievement awards for her work in support of Air Force programs, from the Journal of the Quality Assurance Institute for her leadership in software measurement, and from Dr. Barry Boehm, Director of Defense Research & Engineering (DDR&E), for her leadership in defining a core set of measures and measurement definition frameworks for collecting well-understood and consistent software data throughout the DoD. Carleton co-authored the book Measuring the Software Process: Statistical Process Control for Software Process Improvement published by Addison Wesley.